The plan commits $2.5 billion over three years for transportation. Going forward, as part of a complete Active Transportation Strategy, the BCCC recommends the Province invest $100 million per year to:
- Upgrade cycling and walking facilities on Provincial highways and bridges
- Complete cycling and walking networks in communities around BC.
- Create Safe Routes to School for B.C. children
- Build trails and paths used by cycling and walking tourists and residents
Include the cycling projects below or suggest other ones in your region. State the issues and suggest possible solutions. Now is the time to dream big. Already the Province has committed $7 million for the Stanley Park Causeway safety improvements and $7.2 for the Okanagan Rail Trail. Please propose solutions that work for cyclists of all ages and abilities as well as pedestrians.
Possible projects include:
- Trail or path networks or regional routes
- Wider shoulders or a bike lane along a road or highway
- A separated path along a busy road or highway
- Separate walking and cycling paths along a busy road
- A wider shared path on a bridge or overpass
- A new cycling and walking overpass over a busy highway or railway
- A new cycling and walking bridge over a river or stream
- Improvements for cycling and walking at a busy intersection on a highway
- Improved access to a bridge designed for high speed cycling
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Suggestions so farAbbotsford Downtown Core | Acquire abandoned rail line between Kelowna and Vernon for a safe cycling and walking corridor. | Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge | Alex Fraser Bridge Cycling Access | Complete the Salish Sea Trail Network | Dewdney Trunk Rd in the downtown Maple Ridge - Separated Bike Lane | Experience the Fraser - Hope to the Salish Sea | Highway 4 to Tofino - Sutton Pass to the Visitor Centre at the T junction | Ironworkers Memorial Bridge Access | Kamloops | Kamloops suggestions | north shuswap cycling/walking trail | Old Island Hwy | Upgrade Lougheed Hwy - Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Mission, Deroche to Harrison Mills | Upgrade the Lougheed Hwy - Coquitlam |
We need to complete what's known informally as the Salish Sea Trail Network, which means putting bike lanes through Salt Spring Island to complete the Lochside Trail, Galloping Goose, Humpback Connector, and Cowichan Valley Regional Trail. This fabulous, world-class circuit, with loops within loops, connects 9 provincial ridings and 4 federal. MOTI and Tourism BC can do wonders for a very large region by finishing the last stretch and getting word out about it to the world.
It is great that the Province is widening the sidewalks on the Bridge. The wider sidewalks will encourage more people to walk and cycle over the bridge. The increased traffic will result in more conflicts on the narrow access paths to the bridge. New wider paths designed for high speed cycling and an overpass on the south side to encourage one way cycling on the sidewalks are needed.
This initiative is a unique, one-time only, incredible opportunity to invest in infrastructure which benefits local population health and fitness, air quality, cycling safety, GHG emission reduction, and green tourism opportunities. This project could be the first major link in a future network of scenic and safe cycling and hiking routes that could draw not only the local citizenry, year-round, but tourists from throughout North America and abroad. Links could be developed between this route and local vineyards, agricultural businesses, and B&B or inn operators. This could put BC firmly on the map of worldwide locations for cycle tourism. www.okanaganrailtrail.ca
The Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge is the only route across the Fraser River between Hope and Mission. The lanes are narrow with no shoulders or sidewalk making cycling over it rather scary especially when large vehicles are passing.
The bicycle access in and around the Alex Fraser Bridge is not very convenient or safe. The paths are too narrow for even slow speed cycling. With steep approaches, the paths need to be designed for cycling speeds of 50-60kph. As well, the overpass over the highway is dangerous and needs improving. A man died a couple of years ago after falling off his bike on the steep narrow ramp leading up to it.